by Susan Bigelow | Dec 18, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: The Economy | Retail Sector | Housing | Opinion | Enfield
The tiny mall in my town survived through economic recessions and department-store closing and consolidation, but now the end is on the horizon. All of the anchors except for Target and the movie theater are gone, killed off by the retail apocalypse, and last week it was sold at auction. It’s a sad story being repeated all across the country.
So, now what? What do we do with this relic of a bygone way of life, this symbol of How It Used To Be?
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by Susan Bigelow | Dec 3, 2018 10:07pm
Posted to: Analysis | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | East Hartford | Enfield
Back in July, right after the opening of the new Hartford Line, I decided that I was going to do what I’d always wanted to do but never had been able to manage: commute to work using public transit. Over the next five months I re-learned the hard lessons transit riders everywhere know: transit is a dream when everything goes smoothly, and a nightmare when it doesn’t.
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by Susan Bigelow | Jun 21, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector
I crammed myself aboard an Amtrak train with a few hundred of my closest friends this past weekend, rode down to Meriden to wander around the beautiful new Meriden Green, and then I boarded a standing-room-only CTRail train back to Windsor Locks. The Hartford Line was open at last, travel was free, and people were excited.
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by Jack Kramer | Jun 19, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Enfield | Manchester
ENFIELD, CT — Many ideas have been tried to stem the drug crisis that took more than 1,000 lives in Connecticut in 2017. The latest is an innovative version of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” being tried in the town of Enfield.
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by Jack Kramer | Jun 11, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Jobs | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | Meriden | New Haven | Newington | North Haven | Wallingford | West Hartford | Windsor | Windsor Locks
(Updated 11:00 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — New rail service announcements have become routine as Connecticut’s reliance upon trains has increased over the years, but the debut of the $755 million Hartford Line has brought with it some added buzz.
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by Barth Keck | Mar 29, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | East Haddam | Enfield | Guilford | Hartford | Middlefield | Old Saybrook | Shelton | Stamford | Westport
When I decided to quit my public-relations gig just six years out of college to become a high school English teacher, it was the best decision I could have made. That was 27 years ago, and teaching has been nothing short of challenging, inspiring, and rewarding.
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by Susan Bigelow | Nov 16, 2017 7:35am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Opinion | State Budget | White House | Enfield
This has been an exhausting, dispiriting, bewildering, and painful 12 months. It’s only a year since the election, but we still haven’t begun to reckon with everything that we’ve lost, and with all the damage our egomaniacal liar of a president and all those demons who surround him have yet to do.
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by Christine Stuart | Nov 7, 2017 4:23pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | State Budget | Criminal Justice | Enfield
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that Enfield Correctional Institute will close in early 2018.
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by Susan Bigelow | Oct 19, 2017 4:52pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Technology sector | Jobs | Opinion | State Capitol | Transportation | East Hartford | Enfield | Hartford | Stamford | West Hartford
Imagine a striking city of skyscrapers, greenery, pedestrian-filled bridges over a glistening river, buried highways, and a riverside ferris wheel, all contained within a “cohesive ecosystem” of nearby towns. This is the remarkable, radical revisioning of Hartford dreamed up by the creators of Connecticut’s longshot bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.
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by Christine Stuart | Sep 22, 2017 11:12am
Posted to: Economic Development | Jobs | Labor | Bridgeport | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Stamford
HARTFORD, CT — There are 17 Connecticut communities vying to be chosen as the site the Department of Economic and Community Development will submit to Amazon in its search for its second corporate headquarters.
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